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Specialty Mfg. merges with transit supplier
March 1, 2007

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Specialty Manufacturing Inc. and Pretoria Transit Interiors completed a transaction that combines the two bus component suppliers.

Ford diesel chassis put on hold
March 1, 2007

Citing a contractual dispute with one of its engine suppliers, Ford Motor Co. stopped taking orders on Feb. 7 for its 2007 model year E-350 and E-450 chassis with 6.0-liter diesel engines. These chassis are used as platforms for Type A school buses.

The Next Shortage Could Be In Your Shop
February 1, 2007

At many pupil transportation operations, bus drivers are the hardest to find and keep. But many other transportation programs are beset with a shortag...

Staying Out of Harm's Way
February 1, 2007

Road salts prompt Monroe-Woodbury Central School District to relocate air-conditioning condensers to the roof.

Spotlight on technology
February 1, 2007

Brake Check-Mate and Brake Check-Mate VSI
Child-Check Mate Systems

Malfunctioning air brakes are the most common cause of safe...

Product Highlights
November 1, 2006

New LED maximizes light output
SoundOff Signal’s 120 Series LED Slim Line Clearance/Marker light has a PC/P2 rating, allowing for the decr...

Too Good to Be True? (Part 2)
November 1, 2006

An engineering expert takes exception to the promises of better fuel economy, extended oil intervals and reduced emissions made by suppliers of fuel additives, engine attachments and other aftermarket products. The second of a two-part article.

Michigan school buses improve rating
November 1, 2006

Nearly nine of 10 school buses passed comprehensive inspections by the Michigan State Police’s Motor Carrier Division during the 2005-06 school year.

Product Highlights
October 1, 2006

Digital surveillance camera boasts new capabilities
The Digital BUS-WATCH IV DVR mobile camera surveillance system features smooth playb...

‘America’s Best’ tells the story
September 1, 2006

The third annual NAPT “America’s Best” inspectors and technicians competition held in early August at Blue Bird Corp.’s headquarters was a great event.

Product Highlights
August 1, 2006

LED light serves multiple purposes
The Surface-Mount LED Combination License Plate and Stop/Tail/Turn Light is a 4-inch round light that ...

NAPT Webcast debut covers 2007 emissions
August 1, 2006

Addressing concerns about the EPA’s tightened emissions standards and how they’re going to impact school bus operators was the focus of a Webcast sponsored by the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) and the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO).

Biodiesel and buses
August 1, 2006

By now, there is probably not a school transportation director in the country who hasn’t heard of biodiesel fuel. About 250 school districts throughout the country use biodiesel blends, in addition to hundreds of other major fleets and thousands of individual motorists and farmers.

Maintain Exits in Case of Emergency
August 1, 2006

Door, hatch and window exit systems should be inspected regularly and lubricated and cleaned as necessary. Here are tips for keeping their various parts moving.

A closer look at lifecycle costs
June 1, 2006

Pupil transportation operations are facing the same challenges — escalating fuel costs, greater demands from parents and schools and crunched budgets....

Too Good to Be True?
June 1, 2006

An engineering expert takes exception to the promises of better fuel economy, extended oil intervals and reduced emissions made by suppliers of fuel additives, engine attachments and other aftermarket products. The first of a two-part article.

SBF's Top 10 Maintenance Programs for 2006
April 1, 2006

School bus maintenance workers are often the unsung heroes of transportation departments. In our fifth annual edition of the Top 10, we again recognize the hard work and dedication put forth by America's school bus maintenance staffs.

Safety Standards Are Key With Vehicle Lifts
April 1, 2006

Today’s vehicle lifts have numerous built-in safety features, but technicians still need to know and follow safety guidelines and inspect lifts daily.

Mechanically inclined
April 1, 2006

They may not know why engines need lubrication. They may not know the difference between gasoline or diesel, or care about that difference. But it’s clear that bus drivers are an essential part of your maintenance program.

How to Solve Common Problems With Wheelchair Lifts
February 1, 2006

Misuse and everyday wear and tear on wheelchair lifts can keep them from running smoothly. Make lift checks a part of pre-trip inspections, and train drivers to recognize mechanical problems.

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